Stroll Sitka, Alaska, ‘Paris of the Pacific’


Sitka, like most southeast Alaska communities, is only reachable by sea or by air.  “Nestled on the west side of Baranof Island, midway between Ketchikan and Skagway, it’s flanked on the east by majestic snow-capped mountains and on the west by the Pacific Ocean on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

It is a popular destination with RVers because it is a year-round port-of-call for the Alaska Marine Highway System (1-800-642-0066, A ferry shuttle  provides daytime transportation to/from  downtown Sitka from the Ferry Terminal.

Although summer is always the busiest season, there are many year-round events and festivals. If you visit Sitka in fall or winter,  check out the local events through the newspaper during your stay or visit the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau Events Page for a list of annual events.

Read more about this downtown and the blending of Russian and Native cultures by clicking on ‘Sitka-Paris of the Pacific‘ posted on

— Text  Julianne G. Crane

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